County Board Looks at Early Budget Information

MADISON - The Madison County Board of Commissioners got a look at preliminary budget numbers this morning, and early indications are for a budget that will not increase much. Board Chairman Lee Klein says one of the largest increases requested comes from the probation office, which needs to increase its staff by 37 percent to deal with a change in state policy on juvenile offenders. Klein says the idea is to place fewer juveniles in detention, since even a 24-hour stay in a detention center significantly increases the likelihood that the juvenile will be incarcerated as an adult. The budget request from probation is up a little more than $20,000 or 13.35 percent.  Another significant increase is the capital acquisitions area, with several county buildings needing new roofs, air conditioning or other improvements. The board will review the budget once again on August 13th, with a public hearing on the property tax request set for September 10th.